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The article “Yanni Hufnagel and His Astonishing Career in Coaching Basketball” has information about how Yanni Hafnagel’s passion for basketball has lead him to work assisting many different teams. Yanni Hufnagel originally from Scarsdale, New York grew up in a Jewish family. Through is younger days, he would read books on coaching. He even had a job picking the winners of local basketball games for a television station. His coworkers even thought we would be a basketball coach someday. The article then goes on to list his positions with different teams. At Cornell he was a basketball manager then offered a internship with the New Jersey Nets. He was offered a position as a graduate assistant coach for Oklahoma through Jeff Chapel. Chapel referred him to Harvard’s coaching staff and was hired as a volunteer assistant coach, unpaid. He soon began to implement his skills as a recruiter. He then went on to graduate from Cornell with a B.S. in industrial and labor relations. A master’s degree was earned in 2010 in adult higher education emphasizing on intercollegiate athletic administration at Oklahoma. He is currently the assistant men’s coach at The University of Nevada, Reno.
Yanni Hafnagel is highly recommended by head Nevada coach Musselman. His record is one that cannot be beat. When he coached for California he assisted the bears to a 23-11 record, earning them a number four seed in the NCAA tournament. He recruited Jaylen Brown and and Ivan Rabb to California in 2015, earning the team a top five recruiting class. While at Harvard, Hafnagel lead the team to at least 20 wins each season. He also helped develop Jeremy Lin at Harvard, who now plays for the Brooklyn Nets. While at Vanderbilt, Yanni advanced Damian Jones. Who became the 30th pick in the NBA draft in 2016, selection by The Golden State Warriors.